This collaboration begun in July 2017 as a free form digital correspondence between Jeanne in Canada and Robbie in Scotland and has slowly gained momentum as we shared and responded to each other’s ideas, discoveries, notes, drawings and artworks. It became clear we both embrace a comedic or playful and visceral discourse of imagery, responses and invention while acknowledging there are parallels with  issues and pressing problems in  the wider world which are facing us now – such as immigration, global warming, fake news and the rise of nationalism.

As artists/educators, we will explore how Neo-Neanderthals can engage new audiences and present experiential learning opportunities to think about the nature of extinction, our own and other species, in ways which contribute to the cultural and artistic environment of the greater Edinburgh community.

Neo-Neanderthals will be an elaborate immersive multi-media experience which celebrates the improvised and ‘hand-made’ as it means of exploration.. Below are examples of  sketches, drawings, artifacts and maquettes developed out of this process.